Before going to Japan for the first time, I would admit that I had a tunnel vision that this experience would be about. I have a picture of sushi train and a peace sign with epic mountains and busy city. While this is true, Japan is so. (So much) more than that. Of course, you can watch TV to traditional Japanese shows and make sure you can eat sushi almost every time. (Although the sushi train is not really Japanese), but the Japanese experience. Culture, History and Traditions
Now you go to Japan for the first time. Here is a complete guide for everything you need to know in advance. From the manners in the basket through the robot toilet, here is your complete guide to ensure a smooth and fun journey to Japan!
Tokyo | Everything you need to know
Visit Japan for the first time.
Japan is not expensive.
First, let me start by saying that Japan is nowhere near as expensive as ever, especially in the current weakening of the yen and US dollar. Larger cities such as Tokyo are still expensive. But when it comes to here, it is possible to eat cheap food as well as take advantage of many free activities. (Starts from Shibuya Park and Meiji Shrine. To name a few)
Traveling by train is the greatest.
Before traveling to Japan, I did not have a clue to travel to Tokyo. After conducting my own online research too, I decided to book tours for my father and me to enjoy the country as a whole, making it an easy way to see Japan’s highlights while getting clever explanations. About culture, history and traditions, even if you want to travel one way, the best way to explore the country is by train. (In most cases, Japan has a famous high-speed train which travels at 320 km / h!). Make less trips, so you have more time to enjoy each destination.
Ladies train only
When riding the subway, be sure to always be aware of the signs that might be right for you. (Do not worry, they are almost translated into English for foreigners.) “Ladies only” bus runs on some trains and some routes. But what you have to do is look for signs when boarding. To give some indication, we see these cars only twice more than 11 days of travel.
After collecting garbage on the first day in Japan, I realized that the trash was not here. As a lazy person, I find myself always on the lookout for trash, and not much is enough to find a restaurant outside our dining room and hotel room. The reason being described to me is a local custom that Japanese people find it rude to eat on the go, so they are not encouraged to do so by having bins available in public. So do not forget to use your backpack or backpack with you each day to make sure you have a place to put the trash (and not hungry!).
Chopsticks in Japan
Etiquette in chopsticks
One of the best things I have learned in this trip is to practice properly when eating chopsticks. Although I know how to use chopsticks after years of visiting Hong Kong. But I never realized that using chopsticks was a taboo.
Here are some things that should not be done: Do not put your chopsticks up in a bowl of rice, do not stab your food with chopsticks, do not pass the food between two sets of chopsticks, and do not use two pairs of chopsticks mismatch. This is considered a taboo.
No need to tip or expect.
When in a restaurant, especially be sure to refrain from tipping as this is not customary and will actually insult or confuse your waiter. Do not be surprised if you find yourself chasing halfway through the waiter trying to change your loose change – that’s just how unusual it is for someone to tip at the restaurant!
After spending a few days in Japan, you should use your shoes and take off your shoes. In many religious houses, homes and historic castles, removing shoes is essential before you enter. However, something should be noted. Make sure you wear socks or at least two socks that are useful to use because bare feet are found insulting. Also make sure to step out of the entrance to the house or building entrance without letting the sock touch the floor dirty, since you are considered quite rude for wearing dirty socks.
One thing I will never forget about Japan is the Toto bathroom. In the hotel room and restaurant, you can expect all kinds of gadgets to jump onto your bathroom board for a lifetime trip. But really!) The heated seats are normal as well as automatic cleanup … but there are a range of buttons to play along with the gauge.